Friday, October 16, 2015

Lando' strands 179 passengers in Albay port, suspends classes in 3 Bicol provinces

LEGAZPI CITY, Oct. 16 (PNA) -- Classes in public and private elementary schools in Catanduanes and Camarines provinces were suspended on Friday after the country’s weather bureau raised the Public Storm Warning (PSW) status to signal number 1 due Typhoon "Lando", the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) in Bicol said Friday.

Bernardo Rafael Alejandro, OCD Bicol regional director and Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) chairperson, said maritime operations were also suspended, stranding 179 passengers bound for Virac, Catanduanes at the Tabaco City port.

At least 39 passenger buses, trucks, light vehicles and six sea vessels were also stranded.

Alejandro said the RDRRMC Bicol Operations Center in the Philippine National Police's Camp Gen. Simeon A. Ola here was activated and on Red Alert status as of 5 a.m. on Friday.

He said he closely coordinated with various PDRRMCs and issued an advisory to monitor the weather situation, especially in floods and landslide-prone areas.

He said disaster response agencies have pre-positioned stand-by trucks, foods and relief supplies -- including drugs and medicines -- in the event of evacuation.(PNA) FFC/FGS/MSA/CBD